Ford Lays Out Its Electrified Vehicle Plan For China
Ford choose this year’s Auto China show in Beijing to reveal that it has grand electrification plans for China in the coming years.
According to Ford, its aim is to have 10 to 25% of the cars it sells in China to be equipped with a battery (no, we’re not talking a typical 12-volt starter battery).
Automotive News posted several quotes on the matter from Ford China CEO John Lawler. Here’s some of what he stated:
“We’re going to have hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electrics.”
“By 2020, we see 10 to 25 percent of our mix being electrified, probably a majority of that being in the hybrid range and with the fastest growth in plug-in hybrids.”
“The fuel economy regulations in China are the most aggressive over the next five years. The slope of that line down to greater fuel efficiency is greater than anywhere else.”
So, in other words, Ford feels it’s being forced to go greener in China due to fuel economy regulations. The automaker will respond by releasing plug-in cars there over the next several years.
First up in terms of plug-ins for China is the C-Max Energi, which will launch there in early 2017. Ford didn’t disclose any other launch plans for plug-ins in China at this point in time.
Source: Automotive News